2019 EAK Annual Meeting in Germany

By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

Having attended numerous prior Annual Meetings of the Europӓische Anwaltskooperation (EAK) (European Attorneys’ Cooperative), due to professional commitments, members of Jackson Law International were unfortunately unable to attend the EAK meetings in 2016, 2017, and 2018.  Thus, it was with great pleasure that I rejoined my European colleagues this year for the 2019 EAK Annual Meeting in Germany.

The EAK is a “europäische wirtschaftliche Interessenvereinigung” (EWIV) or European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), which is a legal entity created under European Community Council Regulations designed to facilitate the otherwise independent activities of its members in different countries.  In the case of the EAK, the cooperation is among independent attorneys in different countries – primarily those within Europe – and this cooperative represents an international network of attorneys able to provide legal advice to clients in their respective jurisdictions.  For the client in one country seeking to locate an experienced attorney in another country for a particular area of the law, the EAK’s network facilitates such a search.  Member attorneys of the EAK are located in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Luxemburg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United States

The 2019 EAK Annual Meeting was held in Heidelberg, a university town in Baden-Württemberg situated on the river Neckar in south-west Germany.  The city of Heidelberg was founded in the 12th-Century and has a long and rich history that dates back to Celtic and Roman times.  Heidelberg is a scientific hub in Germany and is home to several internationally renowned research facilities adjacent to its university, including four Max Planck institutes.

The Annual Meeting brought together the member attorneys from throughout Europe, a German colleague practicing in Australia, and the United States.  I am honored to be one of only two attorneys in the entire United States who is a member of this organization.  Membership in the EAK requires a unanimous vote, i.e., no veto.  Last year’s EAK Annual Meeting was in München, Germany. 

With particular pride I am pleased to announce that, at the 2019 EAK Annual Meeting, the membership and governing body of the EAK chose Orlando, Florida – the location of this law firm’s primary location within the United States – for the 2020 EAK meeting.  As such, Jackson Law International will have the unique privilege and pleasure of hosting some of the world’s best legal minds in their Florida offices.

Jackson Law International is proud of its international connections, whether from the standpoint of its attorneys’ respective international heritages, the firm’s professional connections to the international legal community, i.e., other international law firms, through membership in such organizations as the EAK, direct work with attorneys from across the globe, and representation on behalf of clients from around the world.

We encourage you to explore our website – www.jacksonlawinternational.com – to learn more about Jackson Law International, the attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas.  International Litigation typically presents the courts, attorneys, and parties with unique challenges that fall outside of the general experience of law firms that have not routinely handled such matters.  Our international experience allows us to assist clients and other law firms in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for its clients.

© Jackson Law International 2019

Claim over Failure to Pay a German Company in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

German company

By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

Jackson Law International recently resolved a legal matter over a failure to pay a German company in a multi-million-dollar business deal.  Businesses more and more routinely enter into contractual agreements with business partners across international borders.  When a dispute arises and a lawsuit must be considered, the first legal questions that typically arise are (1) in which country shall the lawsuit be brought and (2) under what country’s laws will the contractual relationship be interpreted.  German-speaking businesses headquartered in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria recognize that by turning to the attorneys of Jackson Law International they find not only experienced but also native-German-speaking attorneys and legal staff to assist them with respect to their legal dispute.  Conversely, U.S. businesses, in dealing with their counterparts in Europe, similarly recognize the value in relying upon Jackson Law International, as it allows them to employ an experienced legal team that is well versed in the European mindset.

Jackson Law International was retained by a German manufacturing firm that specializes in the manufacture of highly technical equipment (the specific details must remain vague in light of a confidentiality provision within the settlement agreement).  Manufacturing continues to represent a significant share of Germany’s economy. Jackson Law International was initially retained to negotiate a resolution due the U.S. company’s failure to make its installment payments.  The German corporate officers flew to the United States, and we met with representatives of the U.S. company in order to reach a resolution.  All were pleased when a resolution was reached after a full day of negotiations, and the agreement represented full payment of monies owed and created a specific time-table for doing so.

Unfortunately, over time, the U.S. company failed to honor all of its obligations, and a lawsuit was brought in California by Jackson Law International’s Los Angeles office on behalf of its German client to pursue the full remaining amount due on the contract of sale.  The attorneys of Jackson Law International were able to effectively negotiate with counsel for the U.S. company to reach a swift resolution to the dispute.

The attorneys of Jackson Law International take great pride in assisting small and large companies, whether domestic or international, in their litigation needs.   Resolution such as the one involving the failure to pay a German company and the ensuing lawsuit is but one example of how this law firm can assist you in your legal needs.  Our firm is dedicated to providing an in-depth evaluation of your matter and discussing with you your potential claims or defenses. Jackson Law International looks forward to the opportunity of serving you.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

© The Jackson Law Firm 2018

Acclaimed opera singer brings claim for misappropriation of his name, voice and image.

Misappropriation of Name, Image and voiceBy Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

Jackson Law International had the privilege of representing an acclaimed opera singer in a claim for misappropriation of his name, voice and image.  The opera singer (the identity of the client shall remain anonymous for purposes of this article) has had a very notable and highly successful career as a performer at the world’s leading opera houses and theaters, and has been hailed by multiple opera critics as being one of the leading opera performers. For this very reason, this opera singer was asked by another opera singer to sing on a demo CD to help promote the other opera singer’s name within the operatic industry.  At no time, however, was anyone authorized to use the recording for sale, distribution, and/or advertisement.  Nonetheless, the CD was promoted, distributed, and sold by multiple individuals / entities involved in its production without permission.

Consequently, Jackson Law International was retained to prevent the further misappropriation of this opera singer’s name, voice, and likeness.  Initially, a Cease and Desist letter was sent to the relevant parties.  This was followed by a lawsuit in California against the production company and all individuals involved in the creation, production, and sale of the relevant CD.  Claims were brought for false endorsement and unfair competition, as well as bootlegging, under federal statutory schemes.  Moreover, additional claims of commercial misappropriation were brought under the California Civil Code and the common law, as well as additional common law claims of fraud, conversion, and quasi-contract.  Finally, a claim was brought under the California Business and Professional Code, as these actions constituted unlawful, unfair, deceptive, untrue, misleading, and fraudulent business practices.

Jackson Law International was able to secure a financial settlement of this matter, along with an order from the Court, wherein the Court ordered that “Defendants shall refrain from further distribution or sale of the CD and from further using this opera singer’s name and/or likeness.”  Once again, this law firm was able to secure a favorable resolution of its client’s legal matter.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

©  Jackson Law International 2018

Injuries in a New York taxi crash – German couple sues

Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

Taxi Crash; injuries in New York taxi

Jackson Law International sues over injuries in a New York taxi crash on behalf of a German couple.   A.K. (initials are utilized to safeguard the privacy of our client) and her husband and young child were on vacation in New York City, New York visiting the famous city as tourists from Germany.  The family was excited about their visit to this world-renowned city, travelling in a taxi cab to their next destination when their taxi cab entered an intersection in downtown New York City and was struck by another vehicle that was proceeding through the intersection against a red light.  While the husband and young child were unhurt, A.K. was not as fortunate. She suffered injuries to the right thumb of her dominant hand, as well as her left shoulder. 

A.K. was first treated in a New York City hospital and, thereafter, back in Germany by a highly respected German orthopedic surgeon.  While the shoulder injury healed in the weeks after the accident, A.K. continued to experience limitations with respect to the range of motion of her right thumb.  In time it became clear that the thumb injury was permanent in nature.

Jackson Law International was retained to represent this family in New York City, and a lawsuit was filed against not only the driver but also the owner of the vehicle for the negligent entrustment of the vehicle to the driver.  The lawsuit was filed not only by A.K. but also her husband, who had a consortium claim relative to his wife’s injuries. This family had made a conscious choice to not sue the taxi company, as there was no question in their mind that the taxi driver was not at fault.  In such situations, it is prudent to also sue the taxi cab company and driver, as a jury might ultimately apportion some fault to the taxi cab driver.  However, the family was insistent, and this represented some degree of risk for them.

The insurance company for the owner of the vehicle was particularly stubborn throughout the litigation, claiming first that the driver did not enter the intersection against a red light and secondly that the injuries pre-existed the accident, relying upon their expert witness orthopedic surgeon who had reviewed the relevant MRI studies. While these are common tactics by defense attorneys and their hired expert witnesses, our law firm remained strong with respect to the question of liability and our assertion that there was no convincing evidence to support the position that the injuries sustained by A.K. in any way predated the accident.

Ultimately, Jackson Law International was able to achieve a settlement for A.K. and her husband for her injuries in a New York taxi crash that represented the full policy limits of the insurance policy that covered the owner of the vehicle and the driver, and left these clients very satisfied with the result. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your case with you to determine whether you also might have a viable claim following your injuries. 

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about The Jackson Law Firm, its attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas.  Our international experience allows us to assist clients in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for you.  Feel free to contact us via email to discuss your matter.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

 © The Jackson Law Firm 2018

2017 Annual Congress of International Lawyers

By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

Jackson Law International had the privilege of attending the 2017 Annual Congress of the Asociación Europa de Abogados International Lawyers Network. This organization (“the AEA”) has a strict process for the selection of its membership with the intention of offering to the public legal services that are based upon a uniform quality of standard and unimpeachable ethical standards among its membership. The AEA is recognized as the world’s largest network of international law firms. The AEA was founded in the European Union and, consequently, has strong roots in Europe.  However, in time the organization has expanded on a global basis. The AEA is the only network of attorneys that covers each and every one of the 196 independent countries of the world.  This year the meeting took place in the Czech Republic.  One hundred and seventy (170) attorneys were in attendance for this year’s conference.

Member attorneys of the AEA in attendance at this year’s Congress came from across the globe, and included the following countries:

  • Angola;
  • Argentina;
  • Armenia;
  • Australia;
  • Austria;
  • Belgium;
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina;
  • Botswana;
  • Brazil;
  • Canada;
  • China;
  • Croatia;
  • Cyprus;
  • Czech Republic;
  • Denmark;
  • Estonia;
  • France;
  • Germany;
  • Greece;
  • Guatemala;
  • Hungary;
  • India;
  • Israel;
  • Italy;
  • Japan;
  • Jordan;
  • Lebanon;
  • Liberia;
  • Lithuania;
  • Luxemburg
  • Macedonia;
  • Malta;
  • Mexico;
  • Montenegro;
  • Morocco;
  • Namibia;
  • Netherlands;
  • North Cyprus;
  • Portugal;
  • Romania;
  • Rwanda;
  • Slovakia;
  • Slovenia;
  • South Africa;
  • Spain;
  • Sweden;
  • Switzerland;
  • Turkey;
  • United Arab Emirates;
  • United States; and
  • Venezuela

The 2017 AEA International Lawyers Congress was held in Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Prague has a rich history and served as the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors. Only two (2) American law firms were in attendance at this conference.

Through its membership in this organization, Jackson Law International builds upon its professional relationships with attorneys practicing world-wide in the field of international law. The clients of Jackson Law International can turn to us, knowing that if they require assistance outside of the United States, they can rely upon us for recommendations of attorneys on a world-wise basis. While the Congress consisted of a number of highly informative presentations by its membership, opportunities existed throughout the Congress to discuss legal issues in various countries and even secure helpful information from fellow attorneys regarding ongoing legal matters that touched on legal systems outside of the United States. In 2018, the meeting will be in Palermo, Sicily.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about Jackson Law International, its attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas.  Our international experience allows us to assist clients in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for you.  Feel free to contact us via email to discuss your matter.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

© Jackson Law International 2017

German Tourist Sues Airbnb Following the Discovery of a Hidden Camera.

By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

German tourist sues AirbnbJackson Law International achieves a confidential settlement in federal court when a German tourist sues Airbnb, Inc. following the discovery of a hidden camera in the Airbnb accommodations.  Jackson Law International routinely takes on America’s corporate giants to seek justice for injured individuals.  Consequently, the firm was prepared when German national Y.S. [referred herein as “Ms. S.”] came to us after a horrifying experience with Airbnb and the Hosts who had rented out an apartment to her friend during Ms. S.’s stay in the United States.

In Germany, Ms. S. had dreamed about her upcoming vacation in sunny California. When it came time to book the accommodations in California, her friend utilized the popular online platform created by Airbnb to rent an apartment from one of the many Airbnb “Hosts” in the area.  Airbnb bills itself as “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.”  Its supposed appeal comes, in part, from the fact that the guest has a more intimate experience as compared to staying in a sterile hotel.

Ms. S. felt at home in the apartment at first; so much so that, upon arrival and while staying at the Airbnb property, she would walk through it without wearing any clothing, particularly when walking from her bedroom to a hall bathroom. Ms. S. discussed significant personal, private, and intimate matters with her friend while inside the Airbnb property, and many conversations took place in the living room. On the third day of her stay, Ms. S.’s friend noticed a light coming from a living room shelf and discovered the presence of a remote-controlled camera within the Airbnb property. As Ms. S.’s friend is employed in the Information and Technology field, he quickly realized that not only was the device a camera but that it was active, fully operational, had a significant view angle, and that this camera was capable of capturing audio, i.e., audible sounds, and video-graphic imagery at night. Also, Ms. S. saw the camera moving, demonstrating that it was being remotely controlled. Finally, information discussed within the Airbnb property was known to the Hosts contemporaneously with when it was said within the apartment; yet, the Hosts were not present when the information was discussed.  Ms. S. was deeply humiliated and concerned that, besides being spied upon, a recording – visual and/or auditory – had been made of her while she was in the apartment and that such a recording might even surface on the Internet.  As a result, Ms. S. moved out of the Airbnb property.

Ms. S. brought a lawsuit in federal court in California against Airbnb and the Hosts. Airbnb’s business model as “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world” led Jackson Law International to argue that Airbnb brokers properties for lease, i.e., Airbnb finds tenants for lessors who are in possession of single family homes, apartments, etc., for lease and collects a commission relating to this service. Specifically, Jackson Law International argued that Airbnb:

  1. solicits listings of places for rent;
  2. creates a platform whereby third parties may view a property by showcasing the property online, thereby soliciting for prospective tenants;
  3. creates a sense, albeit a false one, of trust and safety as between the parties;
  4. serves as the broker as between the host and third party for the rental of these properties;
  5. collects the applicable fees for the host; and
  6. addresses any problems that arise with respect to the rental of the properties.

Jackson Law International further argued, that despite engaging in these activities, Airbnb fails to comply with section 10130 of California’s Business and Professions Code relative to the oversight of brokers in the state of California.

Jackson Law International also argued that Airbnb’s business model places Hosts onto its leasing platform without a vetting process with respect to these Hosts to ensure the safety and welfare of third parties staying at Airbnb properties. Jackson Law International argued in its Complaint that Airbnb’s woeful and outright dangerous business model consists of multiple failures on its part, including, but not limited to:

  1. Airbnb’s failure to engage in any meaningful background checks of the Lessors;
  2. Airbnb’s failure to adequately and fully verify personal details of the Lessors;
  3. Airbnb’s failure to verify information and details about the property being rented out by the Lessors; and
  4. Airbnb’s failure to put into place policies and procedures to protect the common law, constitutionally, and statutorily protected rights of privacy and seclusion and quiet enjoyment of the leased premises, free from trespass, of the third parties renting the properties through Airbnb.

These alleged dangerous business practices of Airbnb formed the basis for the claims against Airbnb.  The Hosts were separately sued relative to the presence and use of the camera.  Ultimately, the court was not forced to reach a decision on these legal arguments, as the Defendants and Ms. S. were able to reach an amicable settlement that is confidential as to its terms.  This settlement was reached early in the case and long before any discovery took place or even a trial was scheduled. Jackson Law International takes pride in holding these Defendants legally and financially accountable for the disturbing events experienced by Ms. S.

In a similar vein, Jackson Law International would gladly have the opportunity to review your case and offer our thoughts regarding the level of success that one could anticipate in pursuing your case.  We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about Jackson Law International, its attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas.  Our international experience allows us to assist clients in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for you.  Feel free to contact us via email to discuss your matter.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

 © Jackson Law International 2017

Jackson Law International joins world’s largest network of international law firms.

By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

Asociación Europa de AbogadosThe extensive international law practice of Jackson Law International  spans across the Atlantic through its representation of German-speaking individuals and companies headquartered in Europe. Recognizing the international scope of this firm’s practice, the Asociación Europea de Abogados honored this law firm by extending a membership invitation to Jackson Law International this year. This organization (“the AEA”) has a strict process for the selection of its membership with the intention of offering to the public legal services that are based upon a uniform quality of standard and unimpeachable ethical standards among its membership.

The AEA is recognized as the world’s largest network of international law firms. The AEA was founded in the European Union and, consequently, has strong roots in Europe. However, in time the organization has expanded on a global basis.  The Jackson Law Firm is honored to join 760 legal offices world-wide, comprising circa 5,000 individual members. The AEA is the only network of attorneys that covers each and every one of the 196 independent countries of the world.  Through its membership in this organization, Jackson Law International intends to build upon its professional relationships with attorneys practicing world-wide in the field of international law.  Given the globalization of the world we live in, individuals and corporations require more and more with each passing day legal representation throughout the world.  The clients of Jackson Law International can turn to us, knowing that if they require assistance outside of the United States, they can rely upon us for recommendations of attorneys on a world-wise basis.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about Jackson Law International, its attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas.  Our international experience allows us to assist clients in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for you.  Feel free to contact us via email to discuss your matter.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

© Jackson Law International 2016

Currency Reporting on International Flights.

By Bonnie J. Jackson, Shareholder

Like most travelers on international flights, you probably do not fly with a carry-on bag full of cash. However, some people transport large sums of currency when travelling, for example, to the country of their native origin for use as gifts, for spending, or for investment purposes.  Simply carrying large sums of cash for travel outside the United States is not illegal.  However, transporting currency or monetary instruments over $10,000 must be reported or you are in big trouble.  To report the currency or monetary instruments when travelling to a destination outside the United States, simply complete Form 105 obtained from the Department of the Treasury and/or the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection office.  The completed form may be submitted to the U.S. Customs officer in charge at any port of departure.

Federal law imposes strict penalties against those who evade currency reporting requirements by knowingly concealing more than $10,000 in currency or monetary instruments and transporting or attempting to transport such currency or monetary instruments outside the United States. These reporting requirements were enacted to stem the tide of money laundering and drug trafficking, which are illegal activities commonly associated with international travel and the transportation of large sums of currency.

If a U.S. Customs agent has a “reasonable suspicion” that a currency reporting violation is occurring, then the agent may conduct a warrantless search. Just like a TSA agent has the administrative authority to temporarily restrict your movement and search for weapons and/or explosives that could result in harm to fellow passengers, so too can the U.S. Customs agent conduct a search for currency reporting violations.  A reasonable suspicion to perform the search requires a “particularized and objective basis for suspecting” a violation of law.  This type of warrantless search is permissible under the Fourth Amendment provided that the agent does not exceed the scope of the search and it is no more intrusive than necessary to determine the existence of a violation.  That is not to say that law enforcement may search all passengers as a condition of boarding a commercial aircraft, because the search must be calibrated to a risk or justifiable need.  In other words, TSA cannot read the contents of the papers in your carry-on bag, but it may require an electronic scan of your carry-on bag for air traffic safety.

As a final thought, be sure to check the requirements of your destination country. Not all countries will allow entry to travelers carrying large sums of currency.

Safe travels.

© The Jackson Law Firm 2016

German Exchange Student obtains $5,000,000.00 settlement in complicated medical malpractice case.

Medical malpractice, German exchange student, litigation, international law firm

German exchange student achieves $5,000,000.00 settlement.

By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

The Jackson Law Firm achieved a $5,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of a German exchange student in Minnesota after a physician and hospital failed to properly diagnose a devastating injury to his leg. The student, Lukas (his name has been changed in order to comply with the case’s Confidential Settlement Agreement), had been sent to the United States at the tender age of 16 to study for a year in Minnesota.  Shortly before the end of his exchange program, Lukas was taken to the emergency department of a local hospital after sustaining a knee injury in a water-skiing accident.  In the emergency department he was seen by hospital nurses and an emergency physician and examined.  Lukas informed the nursing staff that he had been injured water-skiing and that he had felt his knee “pop out, then in”.  Lukas was noted to have pain of “10” on a scale of “1-10.”  He was documented as having “tingling” in his foot by the physician, even though the nurses had initially charted the foot as being “numb.” The physician recorded that he was able to put Lukas’ leg through a normal range of motion – meaning that his movement was not limited by the injury.  While this German exchange student did not know the English word for dislocation, he explained to the physician, too, that he had felt his knee “pop out” and added that it had “popped in again.” No translator was provided for Lukas during his stay in the emergency department.

Basically, through the impact with the water, Lukas had dislocated his knee, but before arriving at the hospital the dislocation had spontaneously reduced or corrected itself. The emergency physician told Lukas that he did not believe that the knee had dislocated, but did order x-rays.  After diagnosing an avulsion fracture, which is a small fracture that is most often treated non-surgically, Lukas was sent home with his host parents for follow-up during the week with an orthopedist.  However, unbeknownst to Lukas, the avulsion fracture was the least of his medical problems.  As it turns out, Lukas had also experienced 1) a subtotal tibial avulsion tear of the anterior cruciate ligament; 2) a posterior cruciate ligament tear; and 3) a left medial meniscus tear (posterior horn). This meant that his knee was incredibly unstable and could not possibly have been put through normal range of motion exercises in the emergency department. This fact was but one issue that called the examination in the emergency department into question.  However, these additional injuries also set the stage for Lukas to develop a far more significant medical emergency.

Most of Lukas’ injuries are not visible on simple x-rays. The crux of this case, therefore, turned on the fact that the mechanism of the injury, i.e., the high-velocity impact, and the patient’s complaints should have alerted this physician that there might be a more significant danger for this patient.  In fact, this type of injury is considered to be a vascular emergency because of the risk of arterial compromise, i.e., damage.  In this case, the patient’s history and mechanism of injury should have been enough to raise the concern for a dislocation in a prudent medical doctor.  That concern then leads the prudent physician to think popliteal neurovascular injury.  If so, additional testing is warranted or, at minimum, the patient should be been kept overnight for observation.  Instead, Lukas was discharged.

Within the course of that evening, Lukas’ pain continued. The host parents called the hospital’s nurse-advice line, but were told it would get worse before it became better.  However, the additional injuries caused progressive ischemia (insufficient blood flow) to lead to the development of compartment syndrome in Lukas’ lower leg.  The host parents chose to take Lukas to a different hospital after his problems persisted.  The doctors who examined Lukas there immediately recognized the significance of his injuries.  Lukas remained hospitalized for several weeks.  As a result of the physician’s failure to timely intervene in this process, the inadequate circulation to the leg was woefully insufficient to maintain tissue viability and by the time the nature of Lukas’ injuries were truly appreciated by the physicians at the second hospital, the damage was done and the physicians urged an amputation of Lukas’ leg.  Ultimately, at the insistence of Lukas’ mother, Lukas was sent by air ambulance back to Germany, where he was treated for an extended period of time by German doctors who were able to save his leg.  However, he underwent 14 surgeries to attempt to correct the severe damage to his leg.  Despite these efforts, the damaged muscle tissue in his leg was beyond repair and left him with what doctors there referred to as a “stork leg.”

Lukas was an avid tennis player. Before the accident, he played soccer and also jogged, skied, engaged in in-line skating, and rode his bicycle.  All of these activities became difficult to impossible for Lukas due to his injuries.  Obviously, so much of Lukas’ life has been impacted on a daily basis.

The Jackson Law Firm hired ten experts to help properly prepare this case for trial, including an emergency room physician, a pediatric emergency room physician, an orthopedic surgeon, a German orthopedic surgeon to address the care in Germany, a vascular surgeon, a physiatrist, a psychologist, a life care planner, a German business and occupational expert, and an economist. Lukas was flown to the United States so that most of the hired experts could evaluate him in person.  The reports from these experts were comprehensive and painted a picture for the defense that trial presented a significant risk to them.  While Minnesota allows health care providers to opt out of mediation, ultimately it was the defendants – when faced with the overwhelming evidence that would be put before a jury – who requested the mediation.  Ultimately, The Jackson Law Firm achieved a $5,000,000.00 settlement for this German exchange student.

When you hire a law firm to represent you, consider two important factors: 1) does this law firm have the experience to handle my case and 2) will they be able to properly prepare my case for trial, so that the defendant[s] fully understand the risk of actually going to trial. These two factors will go a long way toward ensuring your success in your case.  While other firms may claim to have such skills and ability, take the time to verify the truth of those claims.  Lukas’ family did take the time to fully vet this law firm, and now have the peace of mind of knowing that they achieved a significant settlement for Lukas.  In fact, the size of the settlement exceeded norms within the Minnesota medical malpractice community.  The nature and size of the settlement has allowed Lukas to pursue a new career path in the field of engineering.  A bright young man, Lukas – through the resolution of this difficult chapter in his life – has been able to make peace with his life.  In fact, I and two other attorneys within the firm have visited Lukas and his family several times in Germany since the resolution of the case, and still hear from them on a regular basis.  It is a reflection of how we see our clients –an extended family for whom we diligently strive for success.

The nature of this case underscores another point which lies at the core of this law firm. We routinely represent German clients in lawsuits throughout the United States.  A generic American attorney / law firm simply cannot understand a German client’s needs, based upon language and cultural differences, on the same level that The Jackson Law Firm is able to offer.  Our ability to handle these nuances often is the key to a successful outcome.   Similarly, in those firms that use a German attorney inexperienced in such matters to bridge the gap for their U.S. counterparts, mistakes are bound to creep into the process.  Insist on someone not only capable of speaking the language but also experienced in your type of case – we look forward to serving your needs.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about The Jackson Law Firm, its attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas.  Our international experience allows us to assist clients in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for you.  Feel free to contact us via email to discuss your matter.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

© The Jackson Law Firm 2016

German Probate Action

Germany probate, German Attorneys, German Law FirmsBy Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder

If you have a relative who passed away whose assets need to be probated in the Federal Republic of Germany, you may find yourself at a loss for what to do next. What you require is an experienced attorney to represent you in the German probate action.  However, you will ask yourself how you might possibly go about finding one on your own.

The Jackson Law Firm is proud of its international connections, whether from the standpoint of its attorneys’ respective international heritages, the firm’s professional connections to the international legal community through membership in such organizations as the EAK, direct work with attorneys from across the globe, and representation on behalf of clients from around the world. In particular, with respect to Germany, we have worked with a number of German attorneys all throughout Germany in various types of matters.  As a result, we can locate suitable German attorneys to assist you in your German probate action, as well as to work in conjunction with the German probate attorney, explaining the process to you, interpreting and explaining court-related documentation, and assisting the attorney in obtaining necessary documentation and information for your German probate action.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about The Jackson Law Firm, its attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas. Our international experience allows us to assist clients in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for you.  Feel free to contact us via email to discuss your matter.

Please remember that we do not represent you and cannot take any action on your behalf unless and until we enter into a formal written Legal Representation Agreement. If we do not respond to your inquiry or are unable to take your case, please contact another law firm immediately to have your case assessed.

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